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. There was a commentator inside my head, observing and criticising my actions
2018/03/28 03:08
thought chatter’ is completely normal for human beings
2018/03/28 03:08
whenever our attention isn’t occupied, a stream of mental associations flows through our minds
2018/03/28 03:08
thoughts about the future or the past, fragments of songs or conversations, daydreams about alternative realities or friends or celebrities.
2018/03/28 03:09
Usually we call this mental activity ‘thinking’, but this isn’t really accurate
2018/03/28 03:09
almost all of our ‘thinking’ isn’t like this. It’s almost always random and involuntary. It runs through our heads whether we like it or not
2018/03/28 03:09
Dealing with Thought-Chatter
2018/03/28 03:12
simply to fix our attention to an external focus that doesn’t allow us to be conscious of thought-chatter.
2018/03/28 03:12
A much more effective approach is meditation.
2018/03/28 03:13
However, it’s unrealistic to expect to silence our thought-chatter altogether. It’s such a intrinsic part of our minds that it’s unlikely to disappear. It’s important for us to take a ‘mindful’ attitude to thought-chatter, accepting it without identifying with it.
2018/03/28 03:13
we should treat our thought-chatter as a kind of physiological process that takes place inside us, but which is not part of our identity
2018/03/28 03:13